Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam
License license
Loading ...

Panoramic photo by - Roelof de Vries EXPERT Taken 11:05, 18/05/2007 - Views loading...


Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

The World > Europe > Netherlands > Rotterdam

  • Like / unlike
  • thumbs up
  • thumbs down

The Rotterdam Blitz refers to the aerial bombardment of Rotterdam by the German Air Force on 14 May 1940, during the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War II. The objective was to support the German troops fighting in the city, break Dutch resistance and force the Dutch to surrender. Even though negotiations were successful, failing communications on the German side caused the unnecessary bombardment of much of the city centre.

Lights along the fire line memorialize the bombing of Rotterdam, as this picture shows...

More information:

comments powered by Disqus

Nearby images in Rotterdam


A: Rotterdam City Racing

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 180 meters away

Formula one cars and other fast cars racing through the city of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Rac...

Rotterdam City Racing

B: Willemsbrug Rotterdam

by - Roelof de Vries, 180 meters away

This panorama shows the Willemsbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands during Sunset.

Willemsbrug Rotterdam

C: Cube Houses

by Gary Quigg, 200 meters away

A series of 32 cube-shaped houses designed by Piet Blom and built in 1984. The tilted-cube-on-a-pole ...

Cube Houses

D: Paalwoningen

by Marcel wagenaar, 200 meters away


E: Cube Houses Rotterdam

by Viktor Zavrazhnov, 230 meters away

Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The N...

Cube Houses Rotterdam

F: Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 260 meters away

A great view of the racing cars parading along the track showing the spectators their tricks. Rotterd...

Rotterdam Cityracing Willemsbrug II

G: On top of the Red Apple

by - Roelof de Vries, 290 meters away

This panorama is shot on top of the Red Apple in Rotterdam at 9pm and shows the view over the city du...

On top of the Red Apple

H: Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

by - Roelof de Vries, 310 meters away

Flying at an altitude of 180ft above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

I: archeology in Rotterdam

by - Roelof de Vries, 360 meters away

This scene is all about archeology. Right before the start of the construction of the Rotterdam Marke...

archeology in Rotterdam

J: Markthal Sphere

by Marcel Wagenaar, 370 meters away

Markthal Sphere

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

Share this panorama